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Challenges and prospects for sustainable development of agriculture and agribusiness in Fiji Islands

Kumar, Sunil and Bhati, Jagdish P. (2010) Challenges and prospects for sustainable development of agriculture and agribusiness in Fiji Islands. School of Economics, the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.

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Abstract

More than 45% of Fiji’s population lives in the rural areas and a significantly large proportion lives on meager income. There have been many efforts in the past to improve rural economy in Fiji but only limited successes have been achieved. There are many constraints that hinder sustainable development of this sector. A wide range of well designed policies are needed to increase primary production and simultaneously develop sustainable agribusiness enterprises to add value and generate more rural income. This paper analyses these issues and delves on policy prescriptions to create the right business environment to encourage agripreneurs to boost farm production through scientific commercial farming. It further argues that strengthening agribusiness linkages with small-scale farmers would provide both the basis and means of rural economy contributing to poverty reduction and sustainable development.

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Working paper no. 2010/9.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Economics
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 16 May 2010 16:21
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2015 15:09
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/4589
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